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Getting to know the UPnP feature of Linksys routers

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) allows the router to be automatically configured by various operating systems with the same features as Windows® Me, Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7.  It is mainly used for various internet applications such as gaming and videoconferencing.

This article will show you how to configure the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) feature of Linksys routers.  If you have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, click here.

Enabling and Disabling the UPnP

Step 1:
Access the router’s web based setup page.  For instructions, click here.

NOTE:  If you are using a Mac® computer, click here.

Step 2:
On the web-based setup page, click Administration.

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Step 3:
Select your desired setting for UPnP.


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QUICK TIP:  By default, the UPnP is already enabled on the router.  If your devices still have connection issues even if the UPnP is already enabled, you may need to check other settings of the network such as wireless security and the applications and gaming section.  To isolate the issue, you may try to connect your device directly to the modem to check if it is working.  If it is functioning, contact the manufacturer of your device to verify if there are ports that need to be forwarded or triggered on the router.

• UPnP – If you want to use UPnP, keep the default setting Enabled.  Otherwise, select Disabled.

• Allow Users to Configure – This option allows the user to manually change the router settings while using the UPnP features.  Select Enabled to prohibit any or all internet connections.  Otherwise, keep the default setting Disabled.

• Allow Users to Disable Internet Access – This option allows the user to prohibit any connections.  Select Enabled if you want to be able to prohibit any and all internet connections.  Otherwise, keep the default setting Disabled.

NOTE:  For online gaming, UPnP must be enabled if you wish to change Network Address Translation (NAT) from moderate to open.

To enable NAT on your router, follow these steps:

Step 1:
On the web-based setup page, click Setup > Advanced Routing.


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Step 2:
On the NAT part, select Enabled then click .

NOTE:  For more information about troubleshooting NAT type issues, click here.

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